AAIS was pleased to host a delegation of Australian officials at the Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) on 16 January 2017. The New South Wales Government’s Department of Industry delegation was led by Mr Duncan Challen, Executive Director of Industry Development and accompanied by officials from the Austrade Singapore. They were received by AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok.

The New South Wales Government had in recent years committed to the development of a new Western Sydney Airport. The airport is expected to be a major catalyst for jobs and economic growth in Western Sydney, injecting more than AU$1.9 billion into the economy during the construction phase alone.  It is expected to deliver 9,000 new jobs to Western Sydney by the early 2030s, and 60,000 in the long-term. As part of this development, areas around the airport will also be activated for economic development, with plans for an aerospace and defence precinct.

During their visit, the delegation sought to gain insights into Singapore’s development of SAP and the investment attraction of international tenants. Both parties also discussed possible areas of collaboration and agreed to look into establishing a sustained partnership at the meeting.